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by Robert77
November 7th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Patina on a new set of RNT Paul Fox Cups
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Patina on a new set of RNT Paul Fox Cups

If they are copper, just using them, or letting them sit (unstacked) will eventually cause a patina, which is another word for oxidation, aka. "rust". It will take months or years though. I would not apply any chemicals in an effort to speed it up. If you do let them sit though, keep them ...
by Robert77
November 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 41
Views: 14396

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Well, the Roger Pierre book has always seemed to me to be a sort of amateur (authors) experiment. For one thing, it's hand written. I don't have a copy but I'd bet money that the printing in it is not a printed font, but (to be generous), calligraphy. As such it's oversize, which means the book woul...
by Robert77
October 31st, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 6123

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Brad, despite my post about formatting of your messages, I like your post about Shins performances and your thoughts on how social media magic (abbreviated here as SSM) could be considered another 'type' of magic. And I'm one of those who would not have a particularly high opinion of SMM, not that s...
by Robert77
October 31st, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: P & T and Zombies, Oh My!

You know how to make a small fortune in the video game business right?

Start with a large one.
by Robert77
October 31st, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 6123

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Not sure how to reconcile that ^ ... with this : The venue for what he does is Instagram. ^ THAT’S an insult. What you see here relates to my comment above: using #*)*@)@&()! social media software on phone and tablets encourages people to write in sound bites. THEY know what they meant, but bec...
by Robert77
October 31st, 2019, 12:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas
Replies: 98
Views: 6123

Re: Shin Lim cancels in Vegas

Kent, my phone capitalizes what it chooses to capitalize. If you’re going to focus on the typography and not the content of the message then our priorties are clearly different and I’m not sure we will have much to discuss. . I was just surfing the thread until I hit this quote. Then a follow up po...
by Robert77
January 5th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Re: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.

Now down another $1k to $6,000. Maybe he has some Xmas bills to pay.
by Robert77
December 28th, 2017, 11:01 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Re: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.

I am amazed on a weekly basis at some of the prices people ask for items. A prime example was a guy on ebay who was asking $1600 for the Juan Tamariz book Mnemonica. I got in contact with him and said that the book new normally sells for about $60. He replied and said i was wrong and there was 2 co...
by Robert77
December 28th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

I see the guy has lowered his price on his Andruzzi collection.

There's a fellow on eBay who's been trying to sell a collection of admittedly rare Bizarre Magic books by Tony Andruzzi for some years now. For $13,000. That's for the Scroll, the Negromicon, and Daemon's Diary. I corresponded with him, suggesting his price is a bit high, but he was confident. It ha...
by Robert77
December 25th, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Fox dead at 64 :(
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Re: Johnny Fox dead at 64 :(

Richard Kaufman wrote:Johnny died weeks ago. A great pity.


Dec. 17, so, 1 week ago when I posted it. It takes that long for the news to publish such things.
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3836

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Robert77 Wrote: "Well for one thing there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand magic. Unless you're a magician." But could not the same thing be said about music - that there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand music unless you're a musician? But that fact would not...
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3836

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

, how can magic not be considered an art? Well for one thing there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand magic. Unless you're a magician. I have an inexpensive print of Jerome's hanging on my hallway wall. https://image.invaluable.com/housePhotos/sothebys/04/106204/H0046-L00502526.jpg Now...
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Eugene Burger videos per Genii Speaks?
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Eugene Burger videos per Genii Speaks?

In the December issue there's a note that says: For the next three issues we will continue to remember Eugene Burger by running three videos he prepared for columns he was unable to complete before his death. I've looked around the Table of Contents of the December issue and have missed finding this...
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3836

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

And let's not forget: There are two kinds of people; those who separate people into groups, and those who don't.
by Robert77
December 22nd, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3836

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

This is true for all of the "arts." Most practitioners are not artists--that designation applies only to a select few. Using the example of Albert Goshman, given above, I can make a good argument that he was an artist (as a magician). Slydini was an artist. Rene Lavand was an artist. Juan...
by Robert77
December 21st, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 40
Views: 3836

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I'm curious as to what makes magic a craft, and say, painting, an art?
by Robert77
December 16th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Making Audience Members Uncomfortable
Replies: 4
Views: 954

Re: Making Audience Members Uncomfortable

The Maître d’ was presented as a silent, creepy East German man. He took several women from the audience and danced uncomfortably with them, leaning far into them, pretending he was trying to get a kiss. This reminds me of an open air performance seen in Palo Alto, CA about 15-20 years ago. City hi...
by Robert77
December 14th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 3693

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Bill Mullins wrote:
Richard Kaufman wrote:The Japanese products are heavy.
This is what you want: https://fakefoodjapan.com/collections/all


I want my final load to be a Boiled Egg in Soy Sauce Ear Pick.
"This is a great looking boiled egg for the ear pick enthusiast in your family."


Two words: Paddle move ;)
by Robert77
December 14th, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 3693

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

There is an entire neighborhood in Tokyo devoted to making realistic food of all kinds out of plastic. It's used in the window of almost every restaurant in the country. I suggest searching online for one of those Japanese companies. Everyone that I've ever seen selling fake fruit or food is buying...
by Robert77
December 14th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 11153

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Counts, Cuts, Moves, and Subtlety, a book of basic card techniques, by Jerry Mentzer.

73 pages, softcover, inexpensive, and worth it.
by Robert77
December 12th, 2017, 4:16 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 38
Views: 8723

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

After watching the video and seeing them 'load the item' my first thought was, for that much money why is there only a pitiful manual load chamber, the use of which completely defeats the purpose of the table?

Is the material itself ultra expensive?
by Robert77
December 12th, 2017, 3:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need help with a Clarence Miller item
Replies: 1
Views: 1378

Re: Need help with a Clarence Miller item

Sent you a PM.
by Robert77
September 11th, 2017, 2:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bill Bixby The Magician
Replies: 23
Views: 4268

Re: Bill Bixby The Magician

Received mine on Saturday and am into the 2nd disc. Had forgotten many of the episodes. You beat me to it Terry :) Last night I watched the pilot and the first episode. The transfer is very very good. I've seen transfers from filmed (not video'd) TV series in the 80's that weren't this crisp, parti...
by Robert77
August 9th, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 8958

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Years ago Eugene presented a lecture at The Mansions Hotel in San Francisco. One of the topics covered in the lecture was Equivoque. Eugene first demonstrated it using an attendee as the spectator. Then he explained it in some detail. Then he showed it again now that we supposedly knew how it worked...
by Robert77
July 4th, 2017, 3:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 10
Views: 2420

Re: Color Changing Knives

Richard Kaufman wrote:It's always a problem when there's blood ...


...thus was Bizarre Magic born :)
by Robert77
June 23rd, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 27899

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

The price of the Bertram cups went way up due to an eBay auction where 3 people decided they wanted Bertram cups a number of years ago. That auction closed at something like $2200. Pete Biro put his up and got $1500, so figuring there were 3 people I put my set up for $1700 and they were gone in an...
by Robert77
June 22nd, 2017, 5:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 27899

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Now, the Chief Genii did own a set of brass Busby cups back then and believed them to be smaller that the original Danny Dew cups because the final load ball that fit comfortably in his PF/DD cup would not fill well inside the Busby cup. This topic triggered me to go try something out with three se...
by Robert77
March 11th, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 16766

Re: Magicians Documentary

I remembered when Burt Wonderstone was released and magicians exploded. As an amateur ballet dancer I saw the same reaction with Black Swan. All my friends got offended by the movie. I think I was the only one that liked it. I just watched Burt Wonderstone on DVD and loved it. It's sort of the magi...
by Robert77
March 9th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 42911

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

We have already stated the facts here: 1. Daryl was fully dressed. 2. He did not die in a closet, but in the curtained area behind the performance area of the Parlour. 3. He committed suicide, it was not an accident. Richard, there's more to the message than merely those 3 things. I suggested that ...
by Robert77
March 9th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Re: 347: Bob Kohler - The Man Behind the Magic

As mentioned, Bob was good friends (and for a short time, business partners) with Daryl. He will be missed by the entire international magic community. But I received a note from Phoenix, AZ magician, Jerry Ferguson, who recently spoke with Daryl's widow, Alison. I received the text of his conversa...
by Robert77
March 9th, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 16766

Re: Magicians Documentary

Remarkably sensitized? Are you kidding me? Do you mean he shouldn't be? Lord help us. BTW you do know he had in his possession films of children as young as 3 or 4 according to authorities. Sensitized! "Sensitized." Yes, it's a word. It's in the dictionary. Since I'm sure you don't seriou...
by Robert77
March 7th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 16766

Re: Magicians Documentary

The magicians selected for the film, and the versions of their lives shown in the film, are all choices made by the film maker. The film has that "lonely loser" tone because that's what the film makers chose to portray. They can claim otherwise, but I don't buy it. The fact that no tag li...
by Robert77
March 7th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 16766

Re: Magicians Documentary

One of the things that became apparent to me after watching this film in a venue filled with mostly non-magicians, and listening to the questions posed to the filmmakers afterward, is that (as Marcie Hume said to me during one of our interviews) the laity and magicians do not receive this film the ...
by Robert77
March 7th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 16766

Re: Magicians Documentary

Richard, given that many who've watched this have said that while it's a downer (for magicians at least), it seems somewhat accurate, how is it non objective?
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 6:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Access questions about digital vers. of Genii
Replies: 2
Views: 1305

Access questions about digital vers. of Genii

I'm thinking of subscribing to the digital version so I can read it on my PC (not a Mac, not an iPad.) On the front page there's reference to downloading a demo, but I've looked around including searching the Forums and can't find any other reference to it. So, is there a downloadable demo? Is there...
by Robert77
March 6th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 16766

Re: Magicians Documentary

The first is "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay", and the second is "Tim's Vemeer" -- both of which I've seen, and Jonathan (perceptive as always) is correct in his assessments. But I don't know what he is talking about with respect to the third one, and...

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